- remembering settings, so you don’t have to keep re-entering them whenever you visit a new page
- remembering information you’ve given (e.g. your postcode) so you don’t need to keep entering it
- measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
They improve things by measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs
Our cookies aren’t used to identify you personally. They’re just here to make the site work better for you. Indeed, you can manage and/or delete these small files as you wish.
The cookies we use on our site are set by the website itself, and by Google where we have integrated a Google service such as Analytics or reCAPTCHA.
We’ve listed the cookies that may be set on your browser below with more details about why we use them and how long they will last. No personally identifiable data is stored or used by these cookies.
Cookies set by our website
Our site may in the future allow us to provide you with options to improve your visit – remembering information you put into a form for example. Currently the site sets a master cookie which identifies you from page to page to enable these features to happen. However, currently no data is stored or used by this cookie.
|_cookieAllowed||true||Signals to the website that you have accepted cookies.||1 month|
|PHPSESSID||Randomised letters / numbers||Anonymously identifies your visit to the website.||Session (until you leave this website)|
Cookies set by Google
We use Google Analytics to collect information about how people use this site. We do this to make sure it’s meeting its users’ needs and to understand how we could do things better.
Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on. We do not collect or store your personal information (e.g. your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are. We do not allow Google to use or share our analytics data.
The following cookies are set by Google Analytics:
|Randomised letters / numbers||Anonymised Google Analytics tracking code for website visit statistics (if used on this site).||Session (until you leave this website) to 14 months|
|Randomised letters / numbers||Whilst visiting this site when logged in with a Google account, these cookies are used to provide a unique anonymous ID for security and protection of your information, to remember your preferences, and other information such as website visit statistics.||Session (until you leave this website) to 12 months|
How can you manage your cookies?
Most browsers can be altered to prevent your computer from accepting cookies, although this may mean that some of the features of this site (and other sites) will not work properly and may restrict your user experience.
These settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your browser. In order to understand these settings, the following links may be helpful, otherwise you should use the ‘Help’ option in your browser for more details.
- Cookie settings in Edge
- Cookie settings in Internet Explorer
- Cookie settings in Firefox
- Cookie settings in Chrome
Turn off anonymous Google Analytics cookies:
You can install a Google Analytics browser “plug in” to prevent the website sending information about your visit to Google Analytics. More information about this can be found below.
Other useful links
If you would like to find out more about cookies and their wider use, you may find the following links of interest:
The IAB has provided the following website to give information specifically about privacy issues around Internet advertising:
For further legal information about privacy issues, you may find these links useful: